As I prepare myself for a fun December hunt at the Green River State Wildlife Area it occurred to me that the weather is going to be relatively chilly. Now, the forecasted 19 degrees and sunny really isn’t downright nasty. Especially not for our friends to the North and West. It did cause me to think about what I would bring on this adventure in an attempt to stay warm. Below is my current list of sub-20-degree weather clothing I use while hunting. Some of this gear I’m really happy with. Some of it might be subject to change at any given time. My thoughts and reasoning are included in the descriptions….
Under Armor Cold Gear
Cold Gear has become a trusted name in the sports realms when you need low-bulk high-performance alternatives to your father’s long johns. Thousands of professional athletes and hundreds pro sports teams can’t be wrong. Ultimately I broke down and bought your basic Cold Gear mock top one spring when it went on sale. And trust me; if you like your pocket book, you’d best find this stuff ON SALE. That being said; I am sold on the stuff. I’ve used it not only hunting in some pretty nasty conditions but I have also used it as an under-layer while participating in late fall sports and it works like a charm. I have since invested in a pair of bottoms to go with the top. Needless to say; at a reasonable price I am very happy with this stuff.
Columbia Grouse III Pant
these pants after my trusty (but most definitely NOT water or even dew-proof) Browning Pheasants Forever field pants busted a side seam for the third time in two years. Columbia has packed a lot of their proven technologies such as Omni-shield advanced repellency and Hammerhead II poly overlays into these mid-range field pants. They are a mid-weight pant but are quite waterproof. I haven’t tried them out in a full on rain situation; however, they have stood up well to all the morning dew and snow (so far) that I’ve cared to trudge through with them. They are also as tough or tougher when it comes to brush, thorns, and briars. I’m not 100% sold on these yet as this is my first season with them. They are getting the job done in a respectable fashion so far though.
Columbia Ptarmigan Parka
Columbia Titanium Bugaboot XTM
Hats, Gloves, the little things I always forget…
I do have anything special in terms of hats and gloves. No more Columbia gear, I promise. Typically unless it is really windy or downright COLD out I usually sport the required blaze orange cap. This is normally either the HatCam or whatever fitted cap I can find that suits my fancy. On days when there is some wind or a strong chill I slap an ear band on over the hat. Only when it’s downright ugly hunting conditions do I break out the stocking cap! Sometimes I also use a neck/face gaiter to help block the wind. Other than that I like to go with light liner style gloves for the improved dexterity and feel over heavier sporting gloves. The Ptarmigan has wonderful pockets for hand warmers! On cold days I have been known to layer a 2nd set of light gloves for increased warmth.
There you have it. A basic run down of what I’m probably bringing to hunt on Saturday. If all goes well I’ll report on how it works out afterward! What about you? How much (or little) do you don to hunt in 0-20 degree temps?